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Chasing the Sun (Land of the Lone Star #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,717 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Bestselling author Tracie Peterson launches an exciting, romantic new series about a feisty young woman fighting to protect her family's Texas ranch against mounting threats. Land of the Lone Star book 1.
Paperback, Large Print, 412 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Katie
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Set during the tumultuous years during the War Between the States, Tracie Peterson’s newest release, Chasing the Sun, turned out to be a very pleasant read. Hannah Dandridge’s life has been anything but easy, and when she is left to care for her siblings and stands to lose the ranch…the very thing she needs is a handsome cowboy to ride in and save the day—even if she won’t admit it!

Hannah and William were both likable characters, with their own flaws a
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Meg
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that Hannah was a good character, especially given the normal redundancy of Peterson's characters. There was enough to bring her out of the overused characters that the author sometimes gets into the habit of doing. I liked the time setting, the politics and cultural/social repercussions being addressed well, and the secondary characters. I really liked William Barnett. He, despite being away from God at the beginning, was always at his best. He had friends, ...more
Lynne Young

I have been a Tracie Peterson fan for a long time. I know when I pick up one of her books I won't put it down until it's finished, and this book was no different.

Strong willed Hannah Dandridge is valiantly trying to keep things going on her Texas ranch in her fathers absence while at the same time raising her young brother and sister. Not having heard from her father in a while she becomes concerned and asks his law partner, Herbert Lockhart, to find out if her father is okay. Mr. Lockhart howev
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T. Edmund
The plot

Mrs (sorry Miss) Perfect meets Mr will be perfect when he gets a wife, they bond over healing sick Injuns, and despite the best laid plans of a fat balding man, succeed at marrying and keeping the family ranch (which if somehow both of their family's without resorting to incest.)

The Good

Pleasant enough, easy to read tale.

The Bad

Author's "Avid research" comes across as attempting to convince rather than being skilfully incorporated into storyline. "He was twice my age but that wasn't unus
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Sara
I enjoyed this story about Hannah, set during the Civil War. Her father moved the family to a ranch in Texas after his wife died, and Hannah has raised her younger brother and sister for the last six or so years. I love her little brother. Her father doesn't return from checking on their ailing grandmother and Hannah worries over what's happened to him.

Meanwhile a neighbor shows interest in Hannah and the ranch, claiming her father intended for the two of them to marry. A soldier from the Union
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Leona
Hannah Dandridge is in Cedar Springs, Texas near Dallas awaiting for the return of her father John, who has gone to Vicksburg, Mississippi to see his dying mother. His partner, Herbert Lockhart, has told Hannah he has been probably been taken prisoner by the Union and may be dead. This is in the middle of the Civil War, October 1863. Herbert Lockhard had been wanting Hannah to marry him but she does not love him. The siblings of Hannah by her step-mother are also worried about their father; Andy ...more
Victor Gentile
Tracie Peterson in her new book, “Chasing the Sun” Book One in the Land Of The Lone Star series published by Bethany House brings us into the life of Hannah Dandridge.

From the back cover: Hannah is desperate for help…
William is determined to regain his family’s land…

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but also for the Texas ranch her father recently acquired. A marriage of convenience could ease her pred
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Jennifer
Originally posted on my blog, Blogful of Books.

I took a journey through my past blog posts and was a little shocked that I have never reviewed a Tracie Peterson novel. I've read a lot. When I first stepped out of the children's section of the library (and bookstores, but more often the library) I entered the world of Christian fiction. My mom and older sister were fans of authors like Beverly Lewis, Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, and Tracie Peterson. We had a couple of series by Tracie Peterson,
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Kay Bsomething
Put two of my favorite things together, Tracie Peterson and Texas, and you have my new favorite series!

After just the first few chapters, I could see this book running through my head like a John Wayne western…. just I am not sure which character John Wayne would be! It was fabulous!

I always find reading about the old west interesting. Especially in how women were treated. To think that men really did think that we are weak and feeble minded because of our gender is just so appalling that it is
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Full review here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

My Review

This is a storyline that we have all seen before: attractive rancher returns to the his father's land to find it being run by a beautiful woman in her father's absence, attractive rancher offers to work while he tries to regain ownership, the two begrudgingly fall in love as they battle external threats, the dark forces are conquered and all is sealed with a kiss and marriage proposal. Then end.

Yes, a storyline we have seen befo
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Jessica
Chasing the Sun is a book set during the civil war. It takes place in Texas and shows a peek at some of the issues they faced during the civil war. I have to say, while I'm not certain about how accurate the historical aspect of the book was, I did find it all extremely interesting.

This is the first book I've read by Tracie Peterson and I have to say that I enjoyed it. I fully plan on reading more of her books.

There were a few small things I didn't really care for, but overall, the book was a cl
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Kav
There are layers upon layers of emotion in this rustic romance that will keep you entranced right through to the very last page. Well-defined characters bring heart to this classic tale of deceit and despair amongst a tumultuous backdrop.

Peterson doesn't gloss over historical details. The harsh reality of war -- both between the states and with the Indians -- is laid out with compassionate truth. My blood boiled at the treatment of the Indians and my heart broke at the devastating division the w
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Erin Forson
This is a Christian novel, and therefore, the theme of faith in God and Christian behavior is primary to the story and writing. I enjoyed the plotting and the historical elements of the story, and having lived in Texas for many years, I felt that the representation of Texan culture was spot on, especially for the period. However, the relationship between Hannah and William switched from one of annoyed tolerance and hostility to love far too late in the story. There was no spark and no real conne ...more
Rebecca Giordano
For being a random book I picked up at the library, I actually enjoyed this read. The characters are engaging and the plot flows rather well. This book has a little bit of everything.
Lani Myers
I certainly enjoyed this read. I felt as though I was watching a cowboy movie in the time of John Wayne or Barbara Stanwick. I believe I even heard music at the end.
Joleen
I so wanted to like this, especially after investing in the audiobook. Sorry I wasted the money.
This would have made a great melodrama on an old west stage platform, but as an adult book, not so much.
The writing seemed more geared toward teen or preteen.

Hannah's father bought a house that had been seized by the state when the owners went off to fight in the civil war on the opposite side as the state of Texas. The state considered the property forfeit.

In comes the villain with the black hat and
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Teri-k
"I want you and I will have you. The choice is up to you as to how many people suffer in the meantime." I need to say up front that, unless she's the Queen of Sheba or Eleanor of Aquitaine, it's ridiculous to me to think that one man will do anything to get a certain woman, and I hate books based on this idea. Still, I didn't hate this book.

Chasing the Sun is actually a very interesting story, with mostly realistic characters and some unique but plausible situations. I don't know if land was re
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Ginger Price
It's 1863, after the Civil War. John Dandrich left Vicksburg, MS for Cedar Springs (Dallas) TX with 3 children, his oldest daughter, Hannah (24), by his first wife, & Andy(8) & Marty(5) by his 2nd wife. Both wives have died. They settle in the Barnett Home, the Barnetts having left to fight the war with the Union. John is called back to Vicksburg to attend his ailing Mother, Hannah remains to care for her young siblings.

Herbert Lockhart is John's "business partner" but he is evil. He has
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Melissa
My mom said there was only a little romance in this book, so I figured it was safe to read. It's still more than I would like, and based too much on feelings and looks.

It was also a bit irritating to me that I found, as often is the case in modern fiction, the feminist mindset creeping in, sometimes none too subtly. Also a "hearing God's voice" type of direction, though the character rethought her choice later.

I liked a few things about the book, namely the balance of right and wrong on both s
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Lisa C.
Many others have summarized the story very nicely so I'll give my opinion as to what I thought of it. It was two, bordering on three stars. I just didn't like Hannah. She was annoying and had too much of a prissy attitude. I couldn't stand the bad guy at all. That part was so predictable. He's supposed to be looking out for his partner's kids, but in reality, he's a bad guy. Actually, the whole thing was really predictable.

The H and h didn't really talk much until the very end. Instead, they fou
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Amanda
I read Land of My Heart and didn't care for it, but I already had this book and decided to give the author another try. I'm glad I did. This was so much better. It tells a story, and it's a pretty good one. The heroine is strong but also a little foolish. Her interactions with William had a steady growth in closeness that made me want to pull for them to work things out and get together. I liked the way the characters were affected by the Civil War and removed from it at the same time. My bigges ...more
Heidi
VERY VERY preachy....I actually found myself skimming through A LOT of it because it really did seem to get quite carried away with the preaching so often....but I give it a three because I actually really enjoyed the "story,plot,characters,..etc."
Crystal
This book was passed along to me by my Grandma. It had been sitting on my shelf for some time and I regret that now. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It takes place in historical Texas around the Battle of Vicksburg. I was thrilled with the added details that really gave life to story and made it seem more real. It was not a sappy love story, though it was a little predictable, but had all the elements to make an entertaining story that drew me in to the characters. I loved that God and faith was ...more
Christian Woods
This was a so-so book. It takes place in Texas during the Civil War, though there is little mention of slavery. The servants are Mexican,and one ranch hand is a freed slave. There is some interaction with Comanches, or Numunuus, which is what they call themselves. The Numunuus were ready to attack and the ranchers had all moved to town for safety near the end of the book, then in the epilogue, there was no mention of any resolution to that problem; although the ranchers were back on the ranch. I ...more
Lindy
Book 25

431 pages big print, i am blind
Jenni C
I am not a Traci Peterson fan and was hoping this book broke away from the routine repeating dialog from her other books... I was wrong :(. At least in this book the heroine is smart, brave, and independent... Yay!

Actually, I read 3/4th of it and then skipped to the end. I found it overly preachy, too repetitive, and too repetitive.

Again, I am not a fan of her work, others may like the writing style and the fact she can stretch a rotating plot on and on...and on and still be published. This wa
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Jane
This book was Ok. Throughout, I didn't feel that urge to read, that page turning feeling. It was written well, and had a strong christian message underneath which I enjoyed. Though the tension between the lead characters was obvious, the progression of their love wasn't very realistic. Hannah is described as being this stubborn, uptight woman, yet near the end becomes soft as butter and it just isn't in her character.

Unfortunately, the only character that wasn't stereotypical and one dimensiona
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Liz
I haven’t read many books by Tracie Peterson but I quite enjoyed this one. I don’t normally enjoy historical fiction, however I really enjoyed the historical background that related to life on a ranch and life during the Civil War. I thought it was really interesting learning about different soldiers and the Comanche tribes.
For the most part I thought the characters were well-developed. I found myself falling in love with Hannah, William, the children, and the help. As well as growing to hate Mr
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Cayleigh
I picked this book up because earlier in the year I read another one of Peterson’s books called The Coal Miner’s Daughter which even though it is Christian fiction (and I didn’t realize that when I picked it up) it was a nice fluff quick easy romance novel.

Sometimes I am in the mood for a purely romance centric novel. So I went to the library and picked up Chasing the Sun. It is set during the Civil War in Texas and while I did like the characters of William and Hannah I wasn’t super gunning fo
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Naomi
"Chasing the Sun" by Tracie Peterson is her first in the "Land of the Lonestar" series. Set in Civil War-era Texas, the story focuses on a young woman named Hannah Dandridge. Her widowed father's disappearance leaves her young siblings in her care along with a ranch to run. William Barnett is a soldier returning after being wounded to reclaim his ranch which had been seized due to his family's loyalties in the war. Her father's law partner, Herbert Lockhart, adds intriguing complications to the ...more
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
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“Just being here with the beautiful Miss Hannah Dandridge makes it worth my while. I much prefer scavenging for food in the company of pretty gals over killin’ men.” He sobered and rubbed his chin. “Yes, sir, I prefer just about anything to killin’.” “Well, I wish you luck with Miss Dandridge. You will most likely find a battlefield easier to manage.” 0 likes
“Miss Dandridge?” She turned to find the lieutenant standing at the back door. “I wonder if you might have a few minutes to walk outside with me. It’s real nice outside—a little chilly, but the stars are out.” He grinned. “I know it might not be in keeping with proper etiquette, but I’d like to talk to you for a few minutes.” Hannah smiled. “At times the rules of proper society get only a head nod on the frontier. I think we can make an exception. Let me grab a wrap.” She dried her hands but didn’t pull off her apron. Instead, she went to where the lieutenant stood and motioned behind him. “My shawl is just there, if you’ll allow me to get it.” “Here, let me.” He took hold of the brown wool shawl and helped Hannah to adjust it around her shoulders. “There.” “Thank you, Lieutenant.” She allowed him to open the back door and escort her outside.” 0 likes
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